Body formed to check cover-up businesses in Saudi Arabia

Body formed to check cover-up businesses in Saudi Arabia
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Updated 17 August 2020

Body formed to check cover-up businesses in Saudi Arabia

Body formed to check cover-up businesses in Saudi Arabia
  • There will be advanced levels of coordination among authorities issuing business licenses and manpower visas

RIYADH: A ministerial committee has been established to oversee the national program to combat commercial cover-up (tasattur) and to propose solutions and initiatives to eliminate the practice.

The committee, set up by royal order, shall also supervise the implementation of initiatives and develop indicators to measure the performance of all concerned authorities.

There will be advanced levels of coordination among authorities issuing business licenses and manpower visas. The order affirmed that the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority shall undertake the task of building an index to measure the percentage of suspected cases of commercial cover-up, and updating it periodically according to the data received from concerned authorities.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
  • They discussed relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Iraqi President Barham Salih, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two countries in various fields, within the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
Saudi Arabia and Iraq opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades in November last year. The crossing had been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
Also in November, a Saudi delegation led by the Kingdom’s commerce and industry and agricultural ministers visited Baghdad as part of the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Joint Relief Committee.
A Saudi-Iraqi businessmen forum was also launched on the side-lines of the visit, under the auspices of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. 
The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break.
In July Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed investment agreements on energy and sports.